WA & Fed Gov: WA jets into the future with new emergency mapping capability

New Learjet with Linescanner camera will map large-scale emergencies such as bushfires and floods Travels at 700kmh to reach the farthest regions of the State in just three hours Initial 90-day contract represents $750,000 investment in emergency mapping technology Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet now includes a Learjet, which can travel the length of the…

QwN: Hon Steve Thomas to Hon Stephen Dawson re Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Dr Steve Thomas and answered today in Parliament by the Environment Minister Hon Stephen Dawson representing the Emergency Services Minister. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s now 10-month old announcement from April 2018…

New Napier fire shed and extension to King River opened in Albany

Our hard working Lower Great Southern zone representative Rob Lynn sent the following article and photos through regarding the opening of the new Napier fire shed and extension of the King River shed in Albany. Thanks Rob, another excellent report! Two official openings occured in the Albany region this week – the new Napier Fire…

Update on ESL reforms

Anyone who has been reading our newsletters or attended a Brigade briefing over the past few years will be well aware the hard working team at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been tirelessly trying to improve the perception of, and access to, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) grant funding for Local Governments…

WAToday: WA’s volunteer firefighters fear true scale of resources needed is under-represented

WA volunteer firefighters believe the amount of people and resources used to fight bushfires around the state may be significantly under-represented through a lack of uniformity in record-keeping by local governments. In late January, both volunteer fire brigades and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters worked around the clock to stop a raging bushfire…

AVBFB President Dave Gossage interviewed by 6PR’s Oliver Peterson re planning in bushfire-prone areas

The following audio is of a discussion between radio 6PR’s Oliver Peterson and Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about the general topic of planning in bushfire-prone areas and was aired after the 4pm news today. It was followed by some very well-informed talkback callers who overwhelmingly supported the AVBFB’s view…

Stoneville volunteer to walk 120km to fundraise for Brigade

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) remains deeply disappointed that of the almost $400,000,000 the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) will receive this year from the Emergency Services Levy (ESL), only 6% (~ $22M) is allocated to grants for Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades – WA’s largest emergency service with around 10…

Hundreds of firefighters, 150+ appliances – and Perth didn’t even hear about it

The video below features an informal chat between Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Tony Fisher, the Shire of Kojonup’s Chief Fire Control Officer about a large fire that occurred over two days in extreme heat in WA’s south-west recently. Many topics are discussed in the short discussion, but for…

Collie Mail: Quick response ‘key’ to stopping bushfire

Here’s a great article from our friends at the Collie Mail that goes to the heart of why WA needs to preserve it’s impressive network of smaller volunteer fire brigades rather than merge, streamline or amalgamate and end up with larger ones in less places. See the headline chosen by our journalistic partners – “Quick…

Mayor John Bowler said if the new DFES superintendent was not willing to live in Kalgoorlie he should not have been given the job. Photo: Kalgoorlie Miner

Kalgoorlie Miner: Remote fire chief ‘disgrace’

Mayor John Bowler says the decision to employ a Northam-based superintendent to lead the Goldfields-Midland fire services is an “absolute disgrace”. Department of Fire and Emergency Services acting deputy commissioner operations Gary Gifford said the operational capability and service delivery would remain the same for Kalgoorlie-Boulder, despite the role being based in Northam. “The residential…

Happy New Year, more change ahead

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) takes great pleasure in wishing every one of WA’s diverse and invaluable emergency service volunteers and their families the very best for 2019. 2018 has seen the foundations laid for significant change for our Volunteer Bush Fire Service in particular, with the somewhat disappointing announcement in April…

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WA Gov’t: Western Australia’s aerial fleet capacity significantly enhanced

New Dauphin helicopter to provide an almost year-round service State’s Special Operations Response capabilities continue to be improved New mapping technology expected to be online in the new year Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet can fly further and for a much longer period than ever before, thanks to a new aircraft set to be equipped…